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Our elders are worthy of respect, but their counsel is worthy of heeding only if they are old in soul as well as body, only if they have extracted through many lifetimes all the wisdom possible from each one. Experience without reflection misses most of its value, reflection without depth misses much of its value, depth without impartiality may miss the chief point. For all our experience, our life in the body and world, is a device to bring out our soul.

-- Notebooks Category 13: Human Experience > Chapter 3 : Youth and Age > # 200

-- Perspectives > Chapter 13: Human Experience > # 42